Sexual abuse lawsuits against Michael Jackson could be reopened by accusers
Appeals lodged by Wade Robson and James Safechuck have been on hold for two years but their lawsuits could be brought to trial thanks to an update in the law.
The singer's accusers, James Safechuck and Wade Robson spoke about their allegations in the documentary Leaving Neverland as well as a 2013 lawsuit which was later dismissed.
However, they could soon see themselves back in the courtroom thanks to a new law which has been put into place.
The accusers had appealed for the 2017 decision to discharge their cases but they have since been on hold in the appellate court.
TMZ have reported that California Court of Appeal has issued a ruling that could potentially overturn the 2017 ruling.
In a cautious ruling, the 2nd District Court of Appeal said that the lawsuits lodged by the two men who accused Jackson of molesting them should be reconsidered by the court that initially dismissed their claims.
The decision is based on a new law that gives victims of sex abuse longer to sue. It would also allow the pair to sue the estate of the late singer for millions of dollars.
Both Wade and James claim that the King of Pop were abused from the ages of 10 and seven after the singer befriended them.
Robson began staying at Jackson's home after they met during a Pepsi commercial and he was then allegedly allowed to share the same bed as the singer.
Relatives of Michael Jackson have hit back at the allegations, comparing them to a "public lynching" as the singer is no longer able to defend himself.
The singer who was tried on child molestation charges and was later acquitted on each account died at the age of 50 in 2009.
Despite claims that the pair are seeking financial gain, Leaving Neverland's director and producer Dan Reed said the pair had no "financial interest" when they took part in the documentary.
However, the Jackson estate strongly denies the accusations by Wade and James. The singer also denied the claims before he died in 2009.
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